dovetail solutions Strengthens Public Affairs Practice with Addition of Matt Moseley as Chief Strategy Officer

July 25, 2016

DENVER- dovetail solutions, a leading full-service communications, branding and positioning firm celebrating 11 years of serving clients nationwide, has added Matt Moseley, formerly of InterMountain Public Affairs, to its practice as a partner and chief strategy officer.

Matt served as the communications director for the Colorado State Senate, the press officer for the United States Olympic Committee, the deputy communications director for the White House for the Summit of the Eight (G7 Summit) and national field director at Rock the Vote in Los Angeles. He has worked with clients such as Xcel Energy, American Rivers, the AFL-CIO, and A-list actor Johnny Depp. He holds a master's degree in public policy from the University of Colorado, and is currently finishing a book on communications for organizational effectiveness.

"We are thrilled to have Matt join our team here at dovetail," said Andy Boian, CEO of dovetail solutions. "Matt brings an enormous skill set to our full-service communications firm, further strengthening the intersection of our private and public work."

About dovetail solutions
dovetail solutions is a one-of-a-kind communications, branding and community engagement-positioning firm based in Denver that specializes in strategic communications, crisis communications, digital media, employee communications and our unique Strategic Community Investment. Our campaigns integrate our clients into the communities they serve, promoting their businesses and leveraging their reputations. For more information, please visit www.dovetailsolutions.com.


LA WEEKLY: More Fear, Less Loathing
By David Cotner Thursday, Aug 26 2010

Just when you think you've heard every story about Hunter S. Thompson, another part of his life is uncovered, to thrill and inspire otherwise deadened millions. What's next — "Gail Palmer's Song"? While you wait for that particular magnum dopus, author Matthew Moseley discusses and presents his book Dear Dr. Thompson: Felony Murder, Hunter S. Thompson, and the Last Gonzo Campaign($19.99, Ghost Road Press).

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EXAMINER: Felony Murder, Hunter S. Thompson and the last Gonzo campaign
by Sona Avakian

Avakian: Can you talk about the Felony Murder law? 

Moseley: Felony Murder is a leftover of British Common Law and was abolished by most all common law countries in the world except the US. Think of it as the Bonnie and Clyde law. That Bonnie is held just as liable when Clyde goes into a bank and shoots a cop. Except now, prosecutors use the law to cast the widest possible net around a crime and hold people accountable for crimes they had no intent or desire to commit — like Lisl.

In Colorado, a person commits murder in the first degree if: Acting either along or with one or more persons he commits or attempts to commit arson, robbery, burglary, kidnapping, sexual assault in the first or second degree or a class 3 felony for sexual assault on a child, or crime of escape, and in the course or in the furtherance of the crime that he is committing or attempting to commit, or of immediate flight there from, the death of a person, other than one of the participants, is caused by anyone. (Colorado Revised Statute)

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ASPEN TIMES WEEKLY: Review: Not the same old Hunter S. Thompson story
Rick Carroll
Aspen Times Weekly

During the months and years after Hunter S. Thompson killed himself, a cottage industry of sorts was spawned.

For a while, it seemed a book came out every month about the exploits of Thompson, the man responsible for gonzo journalism. Feeling a sense of information-overload about the maverick writer, I backed away from reading much of the new material.

It's been more than five years since Thompson's death on Feb. 20, 2005. No longer feeling overrun by the Thompson love train, I'm now ready to tackle a few books I initially ignored. 

I recently read “Dear Dr. Thompson,” by Boulder author Matthew L. Moseley, and I found myself glad that Moseley didn't delve into all of Thompson's drug and alcohol-fueled binges and tirades — a well-chronicled aspect of his life that didn't need rehashing. 

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THE ASPEN TIMES: Author Moseley to discuss 'Dear Dr. Thompson' in Aspen
Rick Carroll
The Aspen Times

ASPEN — Boulder author Matthew Moseley has some sage advice for those caught in a conundrum with nothing to lose: Write a letter to someone with influence.

That's what Lisl Auman did in 2001, while she was imprisoned for life without parole, from the Women's Correction Facility in Cañon City. The letter was addressed to Hunter S. Thompson's post office box in Woody Creek. When his personal assistant, Deborah Fuller, read Thompson the note, his journalistic juices started flowing. A week later, he discussed Auman's plight in his “Hey Rube” column on ESPN.com. 

Knowing that Thompson had gotten involved because of Auman, months later Moseley reached out to the pioneer of gonzo journalism, with his own letter, only this one came in the form of a faxed memo. Moseley believed that orchestrating a communications campaign, with Thompson front and center, could propel Auman to freedom. The same day he received the fax, Thompson called Moseley, and an alliance was born. 

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BOULDER WEEKLY: THOMPSONS LAST STAND
BOULDER AUTHOR CHRONICLES THE FINAL CRUSADE OF A RAGING MORALIST

By David Accomazzo

In 2001, convicted murderer Lisl Auman was 13 months into a life sentence when she wrote a letter to the author of a book that had recently brought her some joy in prison.

“I laughed out loud while reading Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas during my stay (13 months) at the Denver County Jail. Thank you for helping to bring a smile to my face,” she wrote, going on to say, “My name is Lisl Auman and I was convicted of felony murder in 1998 for the murder of a police officer. However — I maintain my innocence!!! … Check out the website they set up for me at www.lisl.com. Only if you’re interested, of course. Bye bye, Lisl.”

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Westword: Hunter and the Hunted
By Jason Heller Thursday, Jun 10 2010

The late Hunter S. Thompson, never a predictable character, surprised even his most ardent fans when he took up the cause of Lisl Auman, a Colorado woman sentenced to life without parole after Denver police officer Bruce VanderJagt was killed in 1997 by her white-supremacist friend — after she had already detained in a police car. Thompson's public and passionate protests were undercut by a cruel irony: The legendary gonzo journalist died just weeks before Auman's conviction was reversed by the Supreme Court.

Still, Boulder-based writer Matthew L. Moseley — author of Dear Dr. Thompson: Felony Murder, Hunter S. Thompson, and the Last Gonzo Campaign — wants to make it clear that his book is the story of a young woman's struggle for justice as much as it is a document of the last years of one of America's most outrageous activists.

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The Nervous Breakdown
Dear Dr. Thompson: An Excerpt
By Matthew Moseley

All systems were go for our one o’clock guerrilla theater. The drivers picked the group up just after noon from Denver’s venerable Brown Palace Hotel, and drove five blocks to the south circle of the Colorado State Capitol where they were met and escorted through the basement to a holding room.

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Matthew Moseley: The TNB Self-Interview

Q. Good afternoon, Matt, how have you been, my man? Great for you to join yourself for lunch at The Mediterranean in Boulder.  Great spot here on the patio with the sun shining.

A. I’m doing great. Thanks, TNB, for asking me to do my first-ever self-interview. This is a little strange — taking myself out to lunch — but I can roll with it. I just got back from the first part of my tour for my book Dear Dr. Thompson. I kicked it off in Los Angeles at the Chateau Marmont on May 20th, then San Francisco, Book Expo America in NYC, and then Washington DC at the Eighteenth Street Lounge, home of Thievery Corporation.

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Launch Pad TV: Matthew Moseley & Alex Hochron – June 4, 2010

This was our 1 year anniversary episode! We had some great guests on today with Matthew Moseley on to talk about his book Dear Dr. Thompson & also Alex Hochron to talk about HealthCampNola!

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Ville Platte Gazette: Moseley pens book based on Lisl Auman case
By Heather Bogard
Lifestyles Editor

Lafayette native Matthew L. Moseley has released a novel titled “Dear Dr. Thompson: Felony Murder, Hunter S. Thompson and the Last Gonzo Campaign” and is currently on an 18-city book tour to promote the novel, which was released May 20.

The novel is an account of Lisl Auman and the crusade by Hunter Thompson that ultimately freed her from a life sentence without parole after eight years in prison. While serving a life sentence at Colorado Women’s Correctional Facility in Cañon City, 25-year-old Auman wrote an off-chance letter to legendary Gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson to complain that his books were not available in the prison library.

Auman’s tragic journey began in 1997 when she took a ride in the Thunder Chicke, a freshly stolen red Trans Am, with skinhead Matthaeus Jaehnig. Their brief and devastating journey resulted in the death of Denver Police Officer Bruce VanderJagt. Jaehnig shot VanderJagt then turned the gun on himself — all while Auman was already in handcuffs in a police cruiser. Two officers later said they saw Auman hand Jaehnig the murder weapon and she was sentenced to life without parole.

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Go-to Boulder author adds Big Easy lake swim to exploits
By Bill Husted
The Denver Post

Matt Moseley is having a busy month.

(Listen to the swim which was cut in NYC!)

The Boulder-based communications strategist and two pals recently swam across Lake Pontchartrain north of New Orleans to raise money to save the salt- water lake and its lighthouse. NOLA bluesman and "Treme" TV actor Coco Robicheaux was in the support boat, making Bloody Marys with some lake water thrown in and sporting a pistol to ward off alligators and sharks. This was just before the gulf oil spill.

"I tell you, it was a beautiful morning, a magnificent swim," says Moseley, who grew up in New Orleans. "We swam with little dolphins, the egrets were flying. But we may be the last people to swim in Lake Pontchartrain for a long, long time."

So far, the spewing oil has not reached the lake, but Moseley and the rest of NOLA are worried sick.

Now, Moseley is off on an 11-city book tour, which started Thursday at Chateau Marmont in L.A., for his tome about Lisl Auman, "Dear Dr. Thompson: Felony Murder, Hunter S. Thompson, and the Last Gonzo Campaign."

The book comes our right on the heels of a movie producer buying the Vanity Fair story about Thompson's successful campaign to get Auman out of prison for a felony murder charge. She was sentenced to life in prison after a policeman was killed by another man while she was in police custody. Moseley was the spokesman for Auman and her family.

Moseley stops at the Tattered Cover LoDo on June 15 and the Denver Press Club on June 22. The book has some high-praise blurbs from Rolling Stone's Jann Wenner and Aspen Institute's Walter Isaacson. And this from Vanity Fair's Sam Kashner: "If I'm ever busted for something I never did, I want Matt Moseley's phone number sewn into my underwear."

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AM 760 Interview with David Sirota

Author Matthew Moseley joined David to discuss his new book Dear Dr. Thompson: Felony Murder, Hunter S. Thompson and the Last Gonzo Campaign. Sometimes the only thing it takes to change a life is a letter.

While serving a life sentence at Colorado Women's Correctional Facility in Cañon City, twenty-five-year-old Lisl Auman wrote an off-chance letter to legendary Gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson to complain that his books were not available in the prison library. Colorado based communications strategist Matthew Moseley also wrote his own memo to Thompson, outlining how to organize a grassroots campaign to free Lisl Auman from prison and to take on the draconian felony murder law. Dear Dr. Thompson chronicles Lisl's epic struggles and takes you inside the last - and perhaps greatest - Gonzo campaign. It is a cautionary tale about death, destruction, lies, justice, the power of media and ultimately, forgiveness. http://www.matthewlmoseley.net/


LA CONFIDENTIAL
The Final Gonzo Campaign
Author Matt Moseley brings his new book on one of renegade writer Hunter S. Thompson’s last battles to LA. 
By Sari Anne Tuschman

A prolific author and founder of gonzo journalism, Hunter S. Thompson is best known for his iconic drug-fueled novel about the failure of the 1960s countercultural movement, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Colorado-based communications strategist Matt Moseley was a friend of the legendary writer, who died in 2005, and together with several others, waged a war to get Lisl Auman released from a life sentence after being wrongfully convicted of felony murder. Moseley tells the harrowing story in his new book, Dear Dr. Thompson: Felony Murder, Hunter S. Thompson, and the Last Gonzo Campaign, which he brings to LA for a reading at the Chateau Marmont May 20 (8221 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood, chateaumarmont.com).

LOS ANGELES CONFIDENTIAL:  For those who aren’t familiar with the story, can you briefly explain the Lisl Auman case?

MATT MOSELEY: While serving a life sentence at the Colorado Women’s Correctional Facility, Lisl wrote a letter to legendary gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson to complain his books were not available in the prison library. Auman’s story began in 1997 when she took a ride with skinhead Matthaeus Jaehnig. They had just met the night before, but their brief journey resulted in the death of Denver police officer Bruce VanderJagt. Jaehnig shot VanderJagt then turned the gun on himself — all while Auman was already in handcuffs in a police cruiser. Later, two officers said they saw Auman hand Jaehnig the murder weapon, and she was sentenced to life without parole by prosecutor Bill Ritter, now the governor of Colorado.

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Dear Dr. Thompson: The Rumpus Interview with Matthew L. Moseley

That’s what Hunter Thompson would have really wanted for people to understand, how one little letter can change your life. If you reach out, if you connect to the right person in the right way, it can change things, or get you out of prison.
By Julie Greicius

In 1997, 21-year-old Lisl Auman took a ride with some friends in a car known as the Thunder Chicken, driven by a man she’d met only that morning. By the end of their journey, that man, Matthaeus Jaehnig, a skinhead high on crystal meth, had killed a police officer and himself. Though she was handcuffed and in the police car at the time of their deaths, Auman was convicted of felony murder and sentenced to life in prison. But a letter to Hunter S. Thompson would change her fate. Matthew Moseley’s book, Dear Dr. Thomspon: Felony Murder, Hunter S. Thompson and the Last Gonzo Campaign, tells Auman’s story, and the story of how Thompson helped her achieve justice.

The Rumpus: First, congratulations on this book! It’s a great read — fascinating and ultimately very troubling — and an important story for every American to be aware of. How did Hunter S. Thompson first hear of Lisl Auman?

Matthew Moseley: Well, he received a letter from Lisl. It was a very short letter. His books were not available at the prison library. He received tons of mail. What made this one different is that she was selfless in her letter. And that really captivated him. She didn’t really ask him for anything. She just said, hey your books are banned. In case you were wondering who I am, you know, I was wrongly convicted of a crime I didn’t commit, that kind of thing.

Rumpus: How long had she been in prison at that point?

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